When it comes to the current generation of gaming consoles,
Microsoft's Xbox 360 is currently in the lead with the most units sold.
Microsoft's lead can be attributed to the fact that the Xbox 360 was released a
year ahead of its two Japanese rivals.
Microsoft's lead may not last long if the strong performance
from Nintendo's Wii is any indication. The Wii has consistently outsold
both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 in North America.
The console's low price of entry and innovative control scheme has won over
many gamers both young
If current sales trends
are any indication, the Xbox 360 could soon find itself in a strong second
place position worldwide with the Wii taking over the top spot in total units
sold. In Japan, however, the Xbox 360 is having a hard time finding an
Microsoft Corporate VP of Interactive Entertainment Peter
Moore was asked about the performance of the Xbox 360 in Japan -- where only
122,565 units were sold through the first six months of 2007. Instead of
talking about the Xbox 360's weakness in Japan, Moore threw the ball in Sony's
"That's probably a better question for Sony who's
getting outsold by what, 6-to-1? You can
bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan
and that business plan is crumbling," Moore told GameDaily.biz.
"I built a business plan [for Japan], but I don't think my expectations in
Japan were anything close to what Sony's expectations are. They are failing.
They're missing their plan by much more than I'm missing my plan."
Peter Moore is right that the Wii has dominated the PS3 in
Japan, but the Xbox 360 hasn’t
exactly set hearts ablaze, either. Microsoft has always countered, however,
that their sales expectations in Japan have always been set rather low whereas
Sony was expecting the PS3 to dominate the sales charts from the beginning.
That being said, Microsoft still has a few tricks up its
sleeve to boost sales performance of the Xbox 360 – at least in the United States.
The company announced a new HDMI-enabled, Halo 3-themed Xbox 360
at E3 along with new
accessories. Microsoft’s Shane Kim has also hinted at price cuts
for the Xbox 360 in the coming months. Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst
Michael Pachter projected that the
prices would fall to $399, $349 and $249 respectively for the Xbox
360 Elite, Premium and Core.
quote: I think its time consumers should consider investing in there PC graphic cards and ram upgrades to provide a gaming solution
quote: Is xbox360 in the lead?
quote: Is it NOT going to develop a compelling on-line experience?
quote: Remember, this is the company that launched console gaming into the new era.
quote: Different audiences indicate that they are not direct competitors. Just because there is some overlap in audience does *not* mean that the products compete directly.
quote: Maybe your definition of "direct competitor" is different than most peoples'?
quote: Do you see the PS2 as a direct competitor for the 360 and PS3?
quote: By your argument, Discovery and CNN are in direct competition because they both have some shows that would appeal to the others' core audience. Talk about ridiculous arguments. They may compete in some areas, at some times, for some viewers. They are emphatically not, however, direct competitors.
quote: Anyone else think Peter Moore, especially in this picture, looks like the dictator from V for Vendetta?
quote: I just think that slammin the PS3's ... dev tools
quote: Our quick seven-game tour has shown that the PlayStation 3's game graphics are getting closer to the Xbox 360's. The Xbox 360 had an edge in texture quality and antialiasing in many of the games, but we didn't see any nasty lighting deficiencies like the ones we found in Fight Night Round 3 in the original comparison feature. Additionally, in what may be a hint of things to come, Bethesda's Oblivion proved that there can be a PS3 game port with better textures than the Xbox 360 version. The PS3's graphics win in Oblivion gives us hope that game developers will be able to produce competitive graphics if given enough time to work with the hardware. We can't wait to see how the games compare this holiday season!